I am looking at upgrading to a GTX 970 either Gigabyte G1 Gaming OR an EVGA though I am looking at other brands as well.
Budget around $350.00 USD.
I am still researching and looking with options open but I am really leaning more to the Nvidia 970.
My CPU is restricting the PCI-E x16 to run at 2.0 speeds but even with that I think the 970 would be
the best choice in GPU upgrade. Thoughts or alternatives? Want something that work long term and not just
buy something cheap until that next thing comes along.
I am NOT a gamer I do primarily webdesign so lots of image, video and audio editing. I am more a combination
stuff with databases and also web video and audio stuff etc... I just lump it all into the title of webdesigner for conversation
which actually confuses real webdesigners because I do A LOT more than just build html and css pages.
This is a prosumer type of system where it is used for both work and entertainment. I do watch movies and streaming video
all of that works well on the current machine and I actually don't really need more of an upgrade beyond the GPU as this computer
does meet my current needs and has for 2 years. I expect to keep it for a couple more years, I have computers built that will last
me 3 to 5 years, eventually will build a new one but for now everything works great.
I honestly don't care about having the greatest and bestest just something that will work for more than a year or two and meet my needs.
But it seems the GPU tech is going through a revolution where the old tech is starting to be depreciated and won't be supported much
into the future so since I am looking to get a new video card might as well go with the new stuff now so it will be supported more long term
by everyone at some point.
I am just confused by Models and Manufacturers or resellers that slap their label on the Nvidia tech. Which one is best with little to no
problems. Evga seems to be popular, that is my current brand of card but I like the Gigabyte G1 with the additional display ports and
ability to have 4 monitors simultaneously IF it will fit in my system it's HUGE.
PSU: VisionTek 800W <== will be upgrading to an 750 or 850 watt of Seasonic or Antec or Evga also.
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2PV ver 2.0
CPU: Intel i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz Stock using stock intel cooler fan
HD's: 3x - 1TB drives WD Blue and two Black drives
Memory: 16GB Ram 2x - 8GB crucial memory
The blue drive is the system drive formatted around 700GB of the drive and split that in two with
Windows 7 64 Bit Pro and Windows 8.1 in dual boot. No SSD's due to MOBO only being 3GB's and not 6.
This was custom built by a local computer shop which is out of or going out of business.
Upgrading Motherboard or CPU is NOT an option as some purchased software is old school licensed
with tie directly to the CPU and MOBO which would actually cost more than the entire computer to repurchase
licenses (Professional Software non-Adobe related). Plus upgrading MOBO and/or CPU you are required by
Microsoft to repurchase a new license for windows and where windows 7 can probably just be reactivated windows 8 can't.
This Motherboard is a micro motherboard, I didn't know that until recently. I did not build the computer myself.
I had no clue what power supply was in this until a few days ago but everything has been working 100% for a little over 2 years.
I am going to have to update the mobo bios before actually being able to use the new video card but others have this same model
and it seems to work so.. I have a request in to Gigabyte though just to verify before actually purchasing.
Though remember this is a 550 Ti video card I currently have and almost any upgrade would see big improvement.
Physical Size wise how much larger is the 970 gtx compared to the Evga 550 Ti 2GB? I add the 2GB because there
are other 550's that are totally different look than my card.
Also if you have any suggestions for PSU's that would be great too. So far Seasonic, Antec and EVGA are brands that seem
to be coming up a lot as top models. Not sure about rating as some models Bronze out perform other models Gold or Platinum so...
Budget around $150.00 USD for a new PSU too.
Thanks for reading this and for any suggestions, sorry I can't upgrade mobo or cpu for you to go wild with ideas, it is some what restricting maybe.
Main thing is that both the GPU and PSU will extend my current level of use another couple of years and the GPU has better performance even with
the other tech and bottlenecks in this particular system.